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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will temporarily close part of US 60 east in Rowan County for drainage repairs next week.

US 60, just west of Kentucky 799 (Big Perry Road) will close to excavate the highway and replace a large culvert underneath. The work is part of a $2.2 million dollar Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program Project along seven miles of US 60 from Bramblewood Lane to the Carter County line.


Members of the Morehead State University community are working to change campus culture by instituting a program that treats stakeholders as allies.  WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story. 

Week of April 5, 2021

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Bernadette Barton

The Pornification of America: How Raunch Culture Is Ruining Our Society Hardcover
by Bernadette Barton 

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New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that, even with advanced college degrees, women in Kentucky continue to earn significantly less than men over a lifetime. WMKY’s Leeann Akers has the story.

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A new mural is being installed this week on Main Street in Morehead. 

As part of an ongoing public art movement, a mural is being installed on the front of the Pasquale’s building on Main Street by Often Seen Rarely Spoken, a company out of Louisville.  

Week of March 15, 2021

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Rowan County Schools

Schools across the commonwealth are planning to return to in-person instruction five days a week.  Rowan county superintendent John Maxey spoke with WMKY’s Leeann Akers as his district prepares to fully reopen.


Week of March 8, 2021

Mar 9, 2021

Rowan County Board of Education

The Rowan County Board of Education voted during a special called board meeting on Tuesday to return to five days a week in-person classes beginning on March 22nd.

School officials say the latest Kentucky Department of Education “Healthy at School” guidance will be followed for those choosing the in-person option. Currently the school year will end for all students on May 19th.

Superintendent John Maxey says the schools will still follow CDC guidelines and students would be required to wear a mask.

Rowan District Court

A Morehead man pled not guilty to murder charges Wednesday morning. 

42-year-old Gary Jefferies was arraigned in Rowan District Court on multiple charges.

Jefferies was arrested in December in connection with the murder of Jill Clayton.   Her remains were found in an area near wolf hollow road in Morehead nearly two weeks after she was last seen by family members.

Jefferies is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corps.  No bond has been set. 

Morehead State University

Morehead State University is planning to host an in-person commencement in May.

Provost and Vice President of Academic affairs, Dr. Greg Russell made the announcement during a WebEx meeting with faculty and staff Tuesday.

Russell says the event will be held May 8th.

The event will be held outdoors at Jayne Stadium, and graduates will be allowed 2 guest each.  It will be moved inside Johnson Arena if there is inclement weather.  

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State and local road crews are working to clear mostly covered roads in ne Kentucky today.  Downed trees made several roads in Elliott, Carter, Rowan, and Boyd counties impassable.

According to the Kentucky transportation cabinet district 9, roads are partly to mostly covered in Rowan, Bath, Nicholas, Fleming, Mason, Lewis, and Greenup Counties. Crews are making progress toward clearer travel lanes, especially on i-64 and high priority routes, but slick conditions remain.

Kentucky Power

A second round of severe winter weather is expected to hit the region tonight, bringing more freezing rain and eventually up to 5 inches of snow.

In addition to the 800 Kentucky Power line employees, foresters and assessors working the first storm, an additional 300 people are traveling Sunday to be in place if additional outages occur. 

Melissa Yungbluth

Nearly 24,000 Kentucky Power customers in Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence, and Rowan counties are without power after Wednesday night’s winter weather.


The weather front is expected to be through the area by late this afternoon, likely leaving behind additional customers without power, poor road conditions and on-going chilly temperatures. Additional winter storms are in the near-term weather forecast.


TEACHING: A Memoir: How A Booger Saved My Honor, A Standing O From Felons, and Other Tales of Erudition. 

by John Vincent Modaff PhD

Copies available at Coffeetree Books in Morehead